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Top 10 fitness trends for 2012

- January 1st, 2012
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Top 10 fitness trends for 2012

So what’s hot for fitness in 2012?

Good question.

The experts at GoodLife Fitness have peered into their crystal balls and here’s what they’ve come up with:

Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends for 2012

GoodLife fitness experts predict the Top 10 Canadian fitness trends for 2012

LONDON, Ont. — Hot yoga, stress release, population-specific training programs and exercise prescriptions on the pads of health care practitioners will be top priority in 2012.

GoodLife Fitness LogoFor the first time, 25 of Canada’s leading fitness experts weighed in on the top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends for 2012. Experts with backgrounds in physiotherapy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, health promotion, fitness and information technology, fitness facilities and equipment and almost 400 years of combined experience in the fitness industry, reported on what they feel will be the key trends in fitness for the coming year.

Small group training in the form of a coach/personal trainer leading a group of participants ranked #1 overall in fitness trends for 2012.

Access to educated and experienced fitness professionals ranked in the top 5 key trends. This item has held top spot for five consecutive years on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) survey of the top fitness trends.

Zumba and dance-infused group exercise classes came in a close second as exercisers want to blast away the ‘work’ in workout and pack their workouts with energy and fun.

Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends predicted for 2012:

1. Small group workouts. Many individuals want the benefits of working with a personal trainer and the motivation that comes with working in a group/group setting. Working out in small groups of three to 12 with a certified coach (small group training instructor) is an economical solution for a lot of people. Examples include TRX® Suspension Training (www.trxtraining.com), Boot Camps and CrossFit (www.crossfit.com).

2. Zumba, SH’BAM™  and Dance-focused Group Exercise Classes. People want to have fun and enjoy their workouts and have the freedom to move. ZUMBA FITNESS® is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health (www.zumba.com). Featuring simple but seriously hot dance moves, SH’BAM™ is the perfect way to shape up and let out your inner star – even if you’re dance challenged. Each 45-minute SH’BAM™ class is vibrant, unique and varied.

3. Demographic-specific programming. Fitness professionals understand that programming needs to be targeted to specific populations to engage and maintain participation. Older Adult Programming, Child and Youth Programming, Sport-specific training, Rehabilitation and Cardiovascular Health Programs are populations that top the list.

4. Educated, experienced fitness professionals. Fitness professionals are continuously specializing and expanding the services and programs they provide. It is important for consumers to choose a fitness professional that is certified through internationally recognized organizations like canfitpro (www.canfitpro.com).

5. Workplace Wellness Programs. Workplaces are focusing a lot more on employee health and wellness. Due to the increasing costs of absenteeism and health insurance and the negative impact on a company’s bottom-line of an unhealthy workforce, many companies have instituted comprehensive health promotion programs to encourage a healthier workforce. GoodLife Fitness Workplace Wellness offers a wide-variety of customizable options like on-site Group Exercise Classes, wellness workshops, on-site flu clinics and organizational health audits. Special corporate fitness club memberships are also a popular option with Canadian employers (www.goodlifefitness.com/CorporateWellness/).

6. CORE Training and Functional Fitness. As the Canadian population ages, people understand the great value of fitness and core strength for preventing injury and illness and being able to do everyday activities with ease, like climbing stairs and playing with children. CXWORX™ is a 30-minute group exercise class that is based on cutting-edge scientific research. It combines the best of personal training with the energy of a group fitness class. CXWORX™ is ideal for tightening your tummy and butt, while also improving functional strength and assisting in injury prevention.

7. Hot Yoga and more accessible Yoga. Hot Yoga continues to be a key trend for exercisers who are looking for the mind-body-spirit benefits of activity and enjoy the health benefits of the heated studios. YogaFit® is Yoga for the Fitness Industry. It is a new program in Canada that makes Yoga easy to understand and more appealing to a greater number of people (www.yogafit.com).

8. Lifestyle Coaching. The role of the fitness professional continues to expand to include lifestyle coaching, nutrition counselling and stress management. Allied health services like massage therapy, chiropractic care and services like one-on-one yoga are also emerging to compliment the programs and services provided by fitness clubs, personal trainers and group exercise instructors.

9. Exercise and Fitness integrated into the traditional healthcare system. Physicians and allied healthcare professionals increase prescribing exercise and activity to their patients. Fitness becomes a key part of injury and disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

10. Express Workouts. Life is very busy and most people want their workouts to be quick and effective. Many group exercise classes and strength training circuits provide 30 minute express-style options which not only help you achieve your health and wellness goals, but are also great for the beginner exerciser. GoodLife Fitness suggests you try the Fit Fix Circuit 2 to 3 times per week to get a full-body strength training workout that takes only 20 to 30 minutes (www.goodlifefitness.com/FAQ.aspx).

“Prioritizing your health and wellness should be at the top of everyone’s resolution list for the new year,” said Kim Lavender, Director of Team Training for GoodLife Fitness. “The top fitness trends for 2012 have something for everyone whether you are a seasoned exerciser or it is your first time lacing up running shoes. My advice is to get started, keep moving, do it with a friend, and find something you love. Make this the year you take control of your health and wellness and reap all of the incredible benefits of being active. Everything you need is within your grasp.”

With these Top 10 fitness trends, the experts agree, Canadians of all ages and fitness levels can look forward to making 2012 their healthiest year ever.

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BodyRock Sport founder offers tips to rock body

- June 6th, 2011

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Meet Kelly Dooley.

She’s the designer of BodyRock Sport, attractive workout wear designed to empower women to achieve their fitness goals by bolstering their self-confidence.

Kelly Dooley has been passionate about staying fit and active since the days when she was a tomboy chasing her big brother around. These days, Dooley partakes in running marathons, competing in triathlons, and attending intense fitness classes such as hot yoga. Kelly enjoys keeping in shape with fitness activities that challenge her on a daily basis.

Dooley’s inception of BodyRock Sport was thanks to the longing for helping others look good, while feeling good at the gym.  “Why not combine my two passions, fitness and fashion, into something that really and truly rocks?”

Founded in March 2009, BodyRock combines working out and style in a functional way for chic women who don’t want to sacrifice style at the gym.

Dooley offers the following tips to stay in shape:

• Use super sets or circuit training to makes maximize your workouts and increase calorie burn.

• Utilize high intensity interval training for shorter more effective cardio workouts.

• Aim for 4 – 5 cardio sessions each week of varying intensities. This is a lethal weapon for maintaining and losing weight.

• Change it up!  If you exercise regularly and find your results have plateaued then try something new. Make the most of a new cardio machine or try a different class to shock muscles.

• Hire a personal trainer to take results to the next level.

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